They were born the day their mother died. They came as twins, Taiwo and Kehinde Fajenyo but never sucked the colostrum from their mother’s breast who gave up few minutes after she delivered them.
It happened 20 years ago, yet the children live. Expectedly, the predicament threw Mr. Femi Fajenyo, father of the twins into bewilderment. His wife just died leaving him with baby twins. His thought was divided and while pondering on what to do, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria came calling.
Kehinde was taken away, leaving the female, Taiwo with her aunt, “That was how I became SOS child and I was nurtured by a mother who taught me almost all the right values I live with today,” Fajenyo said.
SOS stands for Societas Socialis; a German expression that means “a socially responsible society where the needs of children are adequately taken care of.”
‘It is a family based care and I’m always around my mother even though she is not the one who gave birth to me. It never occurred to me that the two mothers who raised me at SOS Children’s Village Nigeria were not my biological mothers until I grew up and understood the concept of SOS,” Fajenyo noted.
Shortly after his primary education, young Fajenyo was enrolled at Ijebu Anglican Diocese College but could only stay in the school for four years. During this period, he had joined the church choir and quickly developed passion for violin.
To become a violinist, Fajenyo would have to leave Nigeria for Ghana. He sought a better school to learn more about musical instrument.
“I left Ijebu while in Senior Secondary School 1. I wrote the examination to gain admission to International Baccalaureate SOS Hermann-g Meiner International College Ghana and passed. That was the beginning of my life,” he said.
According to him, the distance intervention programme gave him the leverage to learn about musical instrument and one day, he said, “I was watching a programme on the television and I saw younger children displaying great skills on Violin. I fell in love and I decided that whatever it would take, I must know how to play the instrument.”
“It was in Ghana I laid my hand on violin but I could not perfect my skill until I came back to Nigeria after four years in the Gold Coast country,” he said.
He found his way back to Nigeria and did not hesitate to tell the National Director SOS in Nigeria, Mr. Eghosa Erhumwunse his plan to study at MUSON Centre, Musical Organisation of Nigeria.
For the three-month programme, he had to pay N90, 000, which was bankrolled by SOS. In three months I mastered the art of violin and I’m grateful to God and SOS, without which I would have not achieved my dream.
And on Friday, Fajenyo threw the audience into delight when he dexterously played violin at the SOS Donor Appreciation Day in Ikeja.
The crowd cried for more to hear the resonant tone from the violin of a 20-year-boy who lost his mother at birth. “It has always been a great experience, getting love of life from SOS.
Asked if he is in contact with his father, Fajenyo said, “My father has not been making any move to find out how I live since he dropped me at SOS 20 years ago.”
He explained, the organization has made moves to reunite me with my father but he has been evasive perhaps because he has remarried. My twin sister is doing fine and we are happy.
To the National Director, Erhumwunse, the Violinist, Fajenyo is no more a baby, he is an adult. He said, “If he needs to reunite with his father, he has all the legality to do so.”